TfL tube platform paint which 'ruins competitive commuting' to be in place for two more months

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A “confusing” Tube trial scheme that left experienced commuters complaining of losing their “competitive advantage” is expected to run for another two months.

Bright green markings have been painted on one platform at King’s Cross station, which Transport for London (TfL) hopes makes it easier for passengers to move around the platform when busy.

But scores of commuters have complained about the green zone, with seasoned Underground users claiming the scheme rendered years of working out where to stand “useless”.

The green markings now mean Tube novices can now instantly see exactly where to wait to get closest to the doors.

A sign telling commuters about the new green markings at King’s Cross station

When the markings first appeared in late July, scores of commuters said they were bemused by TfL’s choice of colour – with signs reading “don’t stop in the green lanes” – and branded the trial “confusing”.

Despite the criticism, a TfL spokesman told the Standard the trial at King’s Cross would continue into the autumn for approximately the next eight weeks.

With the trial only running over the summer so far, Tube bosses are keen to see how the redesigned platforms cope with rush hour pressure now schools have reopened.

On Wednesday, digital sports consultant Daniel Ayers posted on Twitter his “20yrs of personal tube platform expertise” had been made redundant by the scheme.

The tweet was shared more than a thousand times and sparked fierce debate on social media, with one commuter commenting: “I feel your pain.”

A sign at the top of the escalators inside King’s Cross station reads: “Please don’t stop in the green lanes. This trial aims to improve reliability and safety by reducing congestion.”

Nathan Scott, 26, who works in London as an air conditioning engineer, told the Standard when the scheme launched: “It looks like you should be standing in the green.

“Green is a bit of a rubbish colour. Green means go to me. It needs to be red or yellow.”

A TfL spokesman said: “It’s a visual cue to get people to walk all the way along the platform and to show you where the doors open. It’s about reducing congestion. 

“Quite often in peak times, passengers, they congregate at the entrance to the platform. On the Jubilee line for example, you don’t have that because people wait in front of the safety barriers.”


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